October 28, 2010

Garmin Approach S1 - Golf's Smallest Golf GPS

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Garmin has announced the new Garmin Approach S1; a watch like golf GPS that tells you the limited information that is important to golfers, namely how far it is to the green. With yardage to the front, middle and back of the green from your vantage point, users should be able to better select a club and see their percentage of shots on the green in regulation go up.

While it leaves behind the maps that you find on the Garmin Approach G5, you do get over 14,000 golf courses pre-loaded on the Approach S1; impressive. The other thing that is impressive is that it only weighs 1.8 ounces; it is hardly there.

Street Price is $249 - More information at Garmin on the Garmin Approach S1

Full press release is below.......

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced Approach S1, the first GPS wristwatch designed specifically for golf. At a glance, Approach S1 displays precise yardages to the front, back and middle of greens and comes preloaded with 14,000-plus courses.

"With the Approach S1 golf GPS watch, Garmin has once again created an entirely new category for fitness and outdoor recreation," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Golfers who want their data and their device as streamlined as possible will find Approach S1 to be a sleek and simple hands-free solution to taking the guesswork out of their game."

Constantly updating based on a golfer's actual real-time location, Approach S1 can also measure individual shot distances -- all while functioning as a high-quality, everyday watch. Approach S1 comes preloaded with 14,000-plus U.S. and Canadian courses so there's no need for subscriptions or downloads -- simply select "Start Round," choose your course and you're ready to tee off. Rugged and waterproof, Approach S1 weighs only 1.8 ounces, has an ultra-thin backlit display, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to eight hours in GPS mode and up to three weeks in watch mode -- making it perfect for the boardroom, the bunkers and all points in between. In addition to the wide range of preloaded courses, Approach S1 features an easy-to-set alarm and automatic time and time zone detection, making it the perfect companion for travelers.

Once in golf mode, Approach S1 quickly acquires satellites and displays a list of nearby courses. Once a course is selected, three distances to each hole will always be provided -- front, middle and back of the green -- with those details being updated automatically and adjusted depending on the angle of approach. During the course of play, Approach S1 displays the hole number and par, and it automatically transitions from one hole to the next. Once golfers begin a round in golf mode, they can easily transition between time of day and distances to green, and they can access the menu to measure the distance of their last shot to improve their game or shore up bragging rights. Acting as a GPS-enabled odometer, Approach S1 helps golfers track the total ground they've covered on foot during each round (or even on a walk over lunch) so that they can see the true health benefits of leaving the cart in the clubhouse.

Golfers can go to www.garmin.com/golfcourses to check if their course is among those available for the Approach S1. At www.garmin.com/golf, golfers can also learn more about Garmin's Approach G5 and Approach G3 touchscreen handhelds that feature preloaded course coverage and detailed vector mapping unlike anything used before on a golf course.

Approach S1 represents the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent more than 20 years developing technologies and innovations to enhance users' lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. For more about pricing and availability, as well as information about Garmin's other products and services, go to www.garmin.com, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.

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Posted by Scott Martin at October 28, 2010 2:12 PM

Recent Comments

please give me the price of the watch

GPSLodge:
Added it to the Post - It's $249 street price; thanks for reading.
-Scott


Posted by: GEORGE SIMPSON at November 7, 2010 8:18 PM
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